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Plastic Electronic 2006 Features Konarka Chief
Technology Officer as Panel Chairman and Moderator

Dr. Christoph J. Brabec to lead panel: "Parallel Symposium on Organic-Based Photovoltaics" - October 24-25, 2006 - Frankfurt, Germany

Lowell, Mass. - October 24, 2006 - Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in developing and commercializing Power Plastic™, a material that converts light to energy, today announced that Dr. Christoph Brabec, Chief Technology Officer, is chairman and moderator of the panel, "Parallel Symposium on Organic Based Photovoltaics," at the 2nd Plastic Electronics 2006 Conference and Showcase in Frankfurt, Germany. The panel discussion will take place on both Tuesday, October 24, 2006 and Wednesday, October 25, 2006. The conference is initiated by the Plastic Electronics Foundation.

WHO: Dr. Christoph Brabec
WHAT: "Parallel Symposium on Organic Based Photovoltaics" at the Plastic Electronics 2006 Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 14:00 - 18:15 and
Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 14:00 - 18:15
WHERE: Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel and Towers Conference Center, Flughafen, Terminal 1, 60549 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Direct conversion of sunlight into energy using photovoltaic technology is one way to address growing global energy needs with a renewable resource, while minimizing detrimental affects on the environment by reducing atmospheric emissions. Dr. Brabec’s session looks at a new generation of solar cells that have the potential for true, low cost photovoltaic technology, based on non hazardous, abundant raw materials, with the ability to be produced by reel to reel processing. Recent developments in the materials and in the technology have resulted in solar power conversion efficiencies, which have propelled organic and hybrid-based photovoltaics from the realm of fundamental research into the industrial laboratory setting.

Before Brabec and his team joined Konarka, he was project leader at SIEMENS Corporate Technology with strong dedication to organic semiconductor devices. During his Ph. D., he investigated the rheology of polymer melts with respect to molar mass correlations. In 1996, he joined Dr. Alan Heeger’s laboratory at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Later, he continued to work on the opto-electronic properties of organic semiconductors as an assistant professor at the University of Linz under Dr. Sariciftci. In 1998, he became senior scientist of a Christian Doppler Laboratory on organic solar cells, which he left in 2001 to join SIEMENS research labs. He is author and co-author of more than 100 papers and 30 patents and finished his habilitation in physical chemistry in 2003.

The goal of the 2nd Plastic Electronics Conference and Showcase is the promotion of the field of organic electronics, which allows for the development of an array of totally new products and application areas. Progress in this field is only achieved through a symbolic relationship between science and industry. The conference includes 120 invited speakers in eight keynote addresses and nine selected parallel symposia.

For more information on, visit: http://www.plastictronics.org.

About Konarka Technologies, Inc.
Konarka develops products that convert light to energy - anywhere. As the leading developer of polymer photovoltaic technology that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications, Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team. The Company’s technology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Konarka is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., with European research facilities in Germany and Austria. For additional information, visit http://www.konarka.com.

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